Feb. 17, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army women's basketball sophomore Kelsey Minato was recognized as the Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 39.0 points in a pair of contests last week. Minato was also named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for her performances.
The Patriot League Player of the Week honor marks Minato's fifth of the season and seventh of her career, while the AAA Athlete of the Week nod is her fourth of the campaign and sixth of her career.
Minato set 18 scoring and free-throw records and matched one other during a 92-85 setback to Holy Cross on Feb. 12. Eight records were all-time Patriot League marks, four were Army standards, four were Christl Arena records and three were NCAA Division I records. The sophomore notched a Patriot League-record 49 points while adding six rebounds and a career-high-tying four steals in the contest. She was 10-of-22 from the field, and set an NCAA standard by finishing a perfect 26-of-26 from the free-throw stripe. Minato's 49 points were the second most scored by a Division I player all season (Joanna Harden, Troy, 52 points).
The native of Huntington Beach, Calif., recorded 29 points of 9-of-16 shooting on Feb. 15 to help the Black Knights defeat Bucknell, 75-63. Minato was 10-of-12 on free-throws and dished out six assists while playing 37 minutes in the victory. With her 49 and 29-point performances, Minato extended her double-digit scoring streak to a Patriot League-best 40 games.
Minato enters the week as the nation's eighth-leading free-throw shooter (91.2 percent), while standing 16th nationally with 21.9 points per game. Minato also ranks third in the Patriot League with a 42.0 percent showing from three-point range and is tied for third in the conference with 2.5 three-pointers per game.
Army (18-6, 10-3 PL) is on the road Wednesday, Feb. 19 to face Colgate at 7 p.m. before returning to Christl Arena for a 3 p.m. Senior Day showdown with American on Saturday, Feb. 22.